Saturday, March 29, 2003

Rally 'for the kids overseas'

Tristate reacts to war

FRANKLIN - A pro-war rally Sunday will feature a 21-gun salute, patriotic readings by ex-servicemen and women as well as city and township officials.

Jim Mears, a Franklin insurance executive and Vietnam War veteran, is organizing the rally for residents in and around this northern Warren County city.

"We're doing this for the kids overseas. They are standing up for our freedoms and we want to support them," said Mears of the 3 p.m. Sunday rally, which is free, in Franklin Community Park off Ohio 123.Among the rally's participants will be family members of Army Capt. Bartt Owens, the 30-year-old Franklin man among those killed last year in a military helicopter crash in the Bohol Sea during a training mission in the Philippines.

The interest in such a rally is high, he said: "The phone has been ringing off the hook and we expect a very big crowd."

Michael D. Clark

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